Fishbourne Roman Palace and Gardens

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Salthill Road
Fishbourne, West Sussex PO19 3QR
Fishbourne Roman Palace and Gardens

The main exhibit is the remains of the north wing of a palatial first century AD building, protected by a covered building.

The remains include the largest collection of in-situ Roman mosaics in Britain. In addition, the collections include artefacts from forty years of excavation on and around the palace site, the most important of which are displayed in the site museum.

The Gardens

The Roman Palace is unique in Britain in having a formal garden that has been replanted using the original late first century bedding trenches. These had survived centuries of later ploughing and were discovered by archaeologists during the excavations in the 1960s. They showed up as dark grey loam against an ochre coloured clay and gravel subsoil. Samples were taken for analysis in the hope that traces of pollen had survived from flowers and shrubs that had grown in the garden.

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